In his statement on a element of Aristotle's de Anima (On the Soul) referred to as de Intellectu (On the Intellect), Philoponus drew on either Christian and Neoplatonic traditions as he reinterpreted Aristotle's perspectives on such key questions because the immortality of the soul, the position of pictures in proposal, the nature of feel conception and the presence in the soul of universals.
Although it really is one of many richest and finest of the traditional works on Aristotle, Philoponus' remark has survived merely in William of Moerbeke's thirteenth-century Latin translation from a in part indecipherable Greek manuscript. the current model, the 1st translation into English, is predicated upon William Charlton's penetrating scholarly research of Moerbeke's textual content.
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61 Alexander thought (or was alleged to think: G 519,26) this. 62 Punctuating si hoc, accidet at 11,57 (Bossier). 63 Following Bossier's reconstruction of the Greek: alia k'an ten hulen legdmen meden eidos einai m£de phusin medemian toutdn d&lonoti hdn pephuke hupodekhesthai esti goun ti dSlonoti para tauta panta auto touto to pephukos metaballesthai. Bossier calls for a comma after harum at 11,62 and deletes Verbeke's parentheses. Philoponus contrasts intellect and matter in a similar way at 15,70-16,81.
In the first place it could not receive as something other what it has in itself. Secondly what it has in itself, sc. the form, would appear alongside and thereby prevent or impede the exact cognition of other forms, just as the colour in coloured glass impedes the passage through the glass of other colours. 429a21 Hence neither does it have any nature of its own, not one, except this, that it is possible. That is, it cannot have any nature or form in itself, but must be all forms in potentiality.
It has existence of the primary kind which attaches to substances (Metaphysics 4, 1003b5-10). 36 1 follow Bossier's suggestion that we have a comma after relationem (6,19) and that the Greek which follows was something like lego de morion (oudeteros) tes psukhes hdi.... 37 Understanding quam quidem solam, translating hoper monon as in 1267 for quia solam at 6,21 (Bossier). 32 5 6 10 15 20 32 Translation It is clear that he would not have called38 the creative intellect or any other intellect which is superior to us and more honourable a 25 part of the soul.